Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas outfits for girls

So today I have some fun and very affordable Christmas ideas for girls. I love outfits that are neutral so you can dress them up with holiday accessories like hair bows or headbands. And the girls had one request.


Both Ava and Sophie want something sparkly. Ava wants black shoes (her new favorite color), while Sophie wants red (don't forget the sparkle part!).

Here are some fun and cute outfits I found that are almost all under $40. And since my girls are small, they usually wear the same outfit for at least a year.

On to shoe shopping!

I love this for Sophie! 

Sassy sissy 

Silver sparkle

Jacquard dress

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Table

photo from Erin M. 
Our ladies at church planned a pretty awesome night on Monday at The Table in Upper Arlington. The main theme of the night was love and surrounded by the white pumpkins, twinkle lights and passionate women it was a great night!

I loved the message from the women about being women in the workplace and at home and how God blesses those activities.


Have a great weekend! We are heading to the OSU game on Saturday.

Monday, November 2, 2015

What a weekend!

Sophie had her Cirque De Dance show this weekend and did a great job as a creepy bunny! She was there for three shows and it was awesome to have all the grandparents attend and Aunt Becca. Poppa and Nanna came from Michigan so it was nice to see them and spend time with them. 

This was our before shot of trick r treat. Ryder didn't last that long, but the girls and I went for almost two hours! 
How adorable are those shoes the First Lady is wearing? You can find her shoes here. I want a pair!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall is here

So, October happened. Fall is here. The tips of the trees are turning red and gold, while the geese are honking overhead. We had a cold spell two weeks ago. And then it got hot!

I'm ready for fall. Summer was a crazy season. We did have some fun swimming and playing in the sprinklers. Man, our kids love water.

We closed on our house on the same day we had to rush back home to the movers who had our semi of things ready to move. So we packed and unpacked in the space of four days, including driving 10 hours, meeting with school officials for transferring the girls, and cleaning our old house in Virginia from top to bottom.

So yes, I am ready for a relaxing fall. Time to move inside and nest inside with a warm blanket and cup of coffee!

Just a parting shot of a beautiful space!

Happy Friday! It's Brandon's birthday and we celebrated last night at one of his favorite restaurants.
Happy Birthday, Brandon!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Coconut milk smoothies

I used to never cook with coconut milk. It just seemed very intimidating! However, I tried using coconut milk in our smoothies and it was amazing. The coconut milk is rich and thick. Don't use light coconut milk. I mean, you can. But, the real deal is so good for you. It has saturated fat that is processed at a different method than regular saturated fat, which helps maintain body weight. And it contains 25 percent of your daily iron!

Just throw a can of regular coconut milk in place of your liquid in your next smoothie recipe.

Coconut milk smoothies

To a blender add: 
One can of regular coconut milk 
One bag of frozen pineapples
One half bag of frozen strawberries 
Cup of ice 
One banana 

Top with coconut flakes and enjoy! 

Makes five cups.

Freeze the smoothie mix for a fun, beachy after school treat. The girls loved these.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Oatmeal to go!

Happy Friyay! 

Can you believe it's the end of the week? 
We had a fun filled week that was chock full of kids' activities and new workouts. Also, Ryder did awesome at school. No accidents! He had been having accidents and this week he had zero!

With our move, we really were reaching for easy things and that included a lot of eating out. Since I got on a scale and saw that four pounds (!) had crept up, I got on my "lets-get-serious" kick. Which means, eating out maybe once a week or so. And packing lunches and eating breakfast at home! 

Love this and she's a fellow pronator. Ha. Ha. Running humor.
I saw this great idea for making oatmeal on the go this week on The Kitchen on Food Network. We loved it this week. Brandon said two ladies stopped him and said what a great idea it was. Honestly, I can't take credit for it. It was on the show! 

Oatmeal to go

To a small mason jar add:
3/4 cup of minute oatmeal plain 
+ 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
+ coconut +nuts, etc. 

Store in your pantry with the lid on. When you are ready in the morning to eat, add Keurig water and tighten lid and take along on your car ride to work. Or eat at work! 

You can do all sorts of flavors. I love pumpkin and cloves and cinnamon! 

Becca and I loved playing tennis in our neighborhood. She kicked my bootie, but I loved being outside and playing!

Our sweet Oliver's buddy walk is this Sunday. We are going to walk with our family. He's doing so well. 

Sophie learned how to ride her bike without training wheels. We were so proud of her. She was so stinkin excited she had to go show us the next day. PS. We love our new backyard. I feel like we are always on vacation. 

After a rough week of getting up with Ryder, the girls were so sweet and made me a card with a yogurt parfait and coffee. Ava was so sweet to even get granola for me. 

This veggie platter is so gorgeous! Love the colors. And her instagram feed is gorgeous. 

On Wednesday I took a quick hike at High Banks park while Ava was practicing. The leaves are just getting ready to turn and there were so many people out. 

Erika and I took the kids to toddler theater on Wed. Ryder liked getting to meet her sweet girls. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Living room updates

Happy Friyay! 

Brandon and I are going on a date tonight to watch the Shock Trials. We both read the books and can't wait to see it.

I ran five miles last Sunday and this stream was just beautiful. It's nice to have running trails that are so beautiful! 

I love the landscaping and outfit in this photo! 

Everything about this is awesome, including the rug, cross-back chairs and the chandelier. 

Our new living room is coming along! 

This is my favorite place to sit and read a book or unwind with a glass of wine. 

Katie Lee's new book is so good! I love all of her recipes. 

This is our plan for the living room, which also includes replacing the flooring from carpet to hardwood. We chose to fix up the outside first since we had dead trees and tree trimming to do, along with buying a bed and washer and dryer. 

Love using mint julep cups for flower holders.
Back to school 
Ryder started preschool this week! He was so excited to go to his class that he wanted to do drop off the first day. 

He picked the tiger emblem on Land's End site for his backpack. And his name is glow-in-the-dark! 

For a fun and nutritious snack, we like to freeze smoothies. The girls and Ryder loved eating these at school pickup. I added frozen peaches, milk and juice, and honey to the popsicle molds

Another great breakfast option for busy school mornings is freezing leftover french toast. I used baguettes here for the bread and it seemed to freeze better than regular bread. Simply put the toast in the toaster and get ready to smell cinnamon yumminess. It was amazing how much it tasted like I had just made it! 

A protein + carb mix is also a great idea. Mix salted sunflower seeds with honey cheerios. Ryder loves this combo.

Have a great weekend!